New York is on track to becoming the first state to set the minimum age for getting married to 17, according to the author of a measure getting broad support at the statehouse.
Minors as young as 14 years old — three years younger than the legal age of consent for sexual activity — are allowed to marry in the state.
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, said in an interview that she expects the Assembly and Senate will give final passage this month to her legislation to raise the marriage age. She said her measure is also supported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, and no organized opposition to it has arisen.
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